By Ben Cohen
Howard Zinn on the bizarre American belief that everyone is middle class. Zinn points out that the financial crisis has highlighted the extreme class system in the U.S, and has again made people 'class conscious'.
In Britain (where I'm from originally), class defines the culture and the society. The financial meltdown only highlighted the disparities, a gulf that everyone was already aware of. In America, virtually everyone believes they are middle class, so the effects of the economic meltdown could have more far reaching consequences. This new 'class consciousness' could lead to serious civil unrest if it is not addressed properly, and Zinn does not believe it will be.